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Church Planting Year One: Don’t Forget Your Family

By Bert Crabbe True North Community Church, Long Island, NY Planting a church is a huge undertaking, and anyone who’s even glanced at a first-year church planter can see that it takes a toll on a person – body, mind, and soul. But. There’s another area that can really take a hit if we’re not careful – the church planter’s family. When we planted True North almost 13 years ago (dang!), it was explained to me that the year prior to launch and the first year of the plant would be pretty brutal. Even with a killer team of volunteers,…

Church Launch and Loneliness

By Lindsay Kuhl Mosaic Church, Elkridge, Maryland Mother Teresa says “loneliness… is the most terrible poverty.” When we launched Mosaic nearly 10 years ago, I wasn’t prepared for the deep loneliness that came with it. In 2008, my husband Carl and I moved from Louisville, KY to Baltimore, MD with our only child at the time, a 6-month-old baby girl. We moved in January. It was cold, dreary, and dark. Little did I know that the weather would mimic my mood for several months to come. We had 6 months to get settled before our launch team meetings would start. We…

The Power Of “I Don’t Know”

By Jeremy Hazelton Village Church, Buffalo, New York Every time I learn something new, I realize how much more I still have to learn. This has been a challenge for me in virtually every aspect of my life, but perhaps most acutely in my work as a church planter and pastor. As someone who likes to masquerade as an intellectual, I pride myself on being well read, having the answer most of the time, and generally projecting the kind of confidence that inspires others to follow my lead. With some healthy accountability and the right kind of truth-tellers in your…

Hiring And Firing Staff In A Church Plant

By Derrick Puckett Renewal Church, Chicago Illinois We came into planting a church in Chicago like we had it all together. We thought we had the perfect location, the perfect staff team, enough money, and people. In the mind of the church planter, the plant may look and feel better than it actually is. A lot is inflated or embellished. Until you launch and in the first six months figure out: the roses ain’t smelling so good anymore.  I was certain we would never have problems with our staff team.  We moved to Chicago with friends. Within the first six…

Church Planting, The Third Time.

from Justin Anderson, lead planter of the Seattle Project I’ve been told more than once if there is anything else I could do with my life, besides church planting, I should do that thing. I have now ignored that advice three times. I never thought I would plant three churches, but God does what God does. In 2004, my fiancé and I moved from San Diego, California to Tempe, Arizona to plant Praxis Church with a handful of people, most of whom were relatives. After eight years, two kids, and some of my favorite memories, our family packed our bags…